Ursuline Athletics

Ursuline Academy was a trailblazer establishing one of the first athletic programs for young women in the early 1900s. Our athletic history is over 100 years in the making and is deeply rooted in tradition, with a passion for the Red and White!

Ursuline has established itself as a nationally recognized Athletics Program that centers on developing well-balanced student-athletes. By instilling teamwork, dedication, and enthusiasm in your child, we develop student leaders who excel academically and athletically, support their team and coaches, and serve as role models of sportsmanship among teammates and competitors. With Ursuline’s record of excellence, we have created the ideal environment for student-athletes to thrive in the classroom and competition.

Our athletic offerings in partnership with Catholic Youth Ministry (CYM) begin in the Lower School in 3rd grade for boys and girls through 5th grade, then continue into the Middle School for girls in grades 6-8th. In the Upper School grades 9-12th, Ursuline Academy is a member of the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (DIAA) and offers 14 sports at the varsity and junior varsity levels, competing against private and public schools throughout Delaware. Our teams and individual athletes also participate in Northeast regional and national level competitions.

Our coaches are incredibly experienced and skilled at their respective sports - teaching technical skills, bringing out the best in every athlete, and leading our teams while rooted in Ursuline values. They help athletes take the next step in developing their competitive skills, mental resilience, and sport-specific knowledge to accomplish their individual and team goals. Many of our coaches have been coaching at Ursuline for several years, ensuring continuity in the programs, while truly getting to know the athletes throughout their time at UA, which helps in knowing how to uniquely motivate each athlete.

Many of our graduates go on to compete at the collegiate level, and our coaches and staff are experienced and knowledgeable in assisting them throughout navigating the recruiting process. Notably a few of our UA Raider alums have competed professionally, both nationally and internationally during their careers, including Val Whiting ’89 and Elena Delle Donne ’08.

National Honors:

USA Today’s Top Athletic Girls High School Program in Delaware

2 WNBA players and 1 FIBA EuroLeague player

2 National Gatorade Players of the Year

U.S. All-Americans - Lacrosse, Track & Field

State Honors:

67 State Championships

  • 18 State Basketball Titles
  • 14 State Cross Country Titles
  • 12 State Volleyball Titles
  • 12 State Track & Field Titles
  • 9 State Swimming Titles
  • 2 State Tennis Titles

82 Catholic Conference Titles

12 State Gatorade Players of the Year

11 – 1,000 point-scorers (basketball)

7 – 100 goal-scorers (lacrosse)

State Coaches of the Year

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Lacrosse
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

6-time State Sportsmanship Award Winner

30 Catholic Youth Ministry Championships